Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Feb 2012 21:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV An interesting anecdote at MinimalMac about television being broken. The author's young daughter, who is growing up in a Netflix/Hulu/iTunes/etc. household, was confronted with actual TV for the first time, and wonders why she can't pick what to watch, why the shows are being interrupted all the time, and so on. Clearly - TV is broken.
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RE[3]: Don't understand
by bert64 on Sat 25th Feb 2012 20:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Don't understand"
bert64
Member since:
2007-04-23

Simultaneous worldwide distribution is most definitely not pointless... People should have the choice between seeing the original language version now, or a translated version when its ready.

Even the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other english speaking countries often have to wait a long time to see american shows where no translation is required at all.

As for wanting the "fix" as quickly as possible, i would very much prefer not to wait to see a show... Why? Because i read various international websites (such as this one) and speak to friends in other countries, they will have seen the shows as soon as they became available and i would be exposed to spoilers which would diminish my enjoyment of the show when i subsequently came to see it.

When it comes to paying for what i get, i would be happy to pay if a paid service was available with the same level and quality of service as a torrent site.

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RE[4]: Don't understand
by henderson101 on Wed 29th Feb 2012 09:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Don't understand"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Even the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other english speaking countries often have to wait a long time to see american shows where no translation is required at all.


Depends on the show and depends on the broadcaster. Sky 1 (cable and satellite TV channel owned by Murdoc's NewsInternational)is notorious for grabbing popular shows and broadcasting them up to the metal. So, with Lost (as an example), we got Season 1 and 2 on Channel 4 and it was 6-8 months late (season 1 just about finished broadcast in the UK as Season 2 was getting under way in the US.) Season 2 was broadcast just about when season 2 had finished in the US. Sky picked up Season 3 and broadcasted it on the Tuesday after the US broadcast... so, what... 3 or 4 days later? The final episode was broadcast at the EXACT same time as the US (as in, middle of the night over here...) Same with Battlestar Galactica... we got it a few days after the US. Same with Stargate Universe. It happens with other shows too. It's not the norm, but it just proves that anything is possible with enough money thrown at it, and that is the real issue with English speaking nations and the broadcast of US TV shows. No money, no show. You get what you pay for.

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